South Windsor Police Say Attack Not Random; Facebook Page Established for Victims

A vigil is planned for the victims - Robert Lareau and Ryan Kelleher - on Saturday.

South Windsor police are in the midst of investigating an attack Tuesday that took place at a local automotive business and left two men hospitalized with serious injuries.

Chief of Police Matthew Reed said that police were following up on information provided by one of the two victims, as well as posts on a Facebook page that identified at least one of the alleged assailants.

The Facebook page, “Pray for Bob and Ryan,” was created to provide information on the conditions of the two men - Forced Induction Motorsports owner Robert Lareau, 28, of Enfield, and Ryan Kelleher, 21, of Windsor, who are still receiving treatment at Hartford Hospital.

"Police are aware of a Facebook page that has been posted regarding the assaults and are investigating the information on that page," Reed said.

Lareau was in intensive care as of yesterday, while Kelleher was conscious and had been interviewed by police. Both men received serious head and facial injuries, possibly from an exhaust pipe, according to police.

Reed said that the attack does not appear to be a random act.

"The building [located at 51 Edwin Road] where the attack occurred houses several different businesses, most of which were unoccupied at the time of the incident," Reed said in a message to South Windsor Patch.

Police are encouraging anyone who was in the area of 51 Edwin Road on Tuesday night between 8:30 and 9:20 p.m. to contact them at 860-644-2551.

Forced Induction Motorsports is located in a building in a South Windsor commercial zone with other industrial-type businesses. According to its website, FIM is an automobile repair and upgrading business.

A vigil for the two men has been planned for 7 p.m. Saturday at Forced Induction Motorsports, according to the Facebook page.

Debbie Martinez January 11, 2013 at 03:12 PM
This is not a political article!!! This article is not about guns and the use of guns or what the laws should be on guns! Do I have an opinion on these entire topics YES. HOWEVER, concern, thoughts, and prayers should be the topic and comments being sent to these guys and their families. Save your laws and politics for another thread!!! Bob & Ryan my thoughts and prayers are with both of you and your families!!!!
Lisa B January 11, 2013 at 03:35 PM
You can look up these people on the Ct judicial website - If you look up Robert Lareau, there is a Robert Lareau from enfield, same birth year. that was convicted of sex with a minor, and a Robert Lareau that is currently in criminal court proceedings for operating an illegal motor vehicle repair facility without the proper DMV license.
Debbie Martinez January 11, 2013 at 05:38 PM
So that means someone can beat him and nearly take his life??? Just because a charge was filed does not make that person guilty number1, and never mind the details of what happened, are they true? Where they made up? Was it an older boyfriend younger girlfriend thing? Did she lie to him about her age? Just the details in the media are what we all know that’s it nothing more, just because something is in print or on the TV, internet whatever does not make it true. Just a couple of life lessons: You know better you do better 2 sides to every story with 40 different versions good people make mistakes and learn from them...then there are "those" (not pointing fingers)that feel they don’t make mistakes or at least don’t own them those are the people (take a peek at the comments above) that make this world a disgusting place. Have some compassion or did your parents teach you to kick people when they fall or down??? Let’s dig up dirt on a guy that could possibly die, let’s bring up the past and shove it down his parent’s throat! Who cares how his family feels or what they are going through! THE COMMENTS ABOVE IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE TODAY! AGAIN BOB I AM PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOURS!
michael a smith January 11, 2013 at 07:08 PM
i think you may be right about mr. lareau
michael a smith January 11, 2013 at 07:10 PM
the man may be a convicted sex offender, let him take out your minor daughter!
HondaLuvr January 11, 2013 at 07:27 PM
We all pray Bob makes it, but sad to say it was probably karma.... ask the females of surrounding towns. He probably messed with the wrong person this time, and it backfired in a horrific way.
Debbie Martinez January 11, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Michael key words might be? MIGHT BE, You dont know, do you? Judging
Debbie Martinez January 11, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Hey by the way maybe I am a sex offender too!!! Maybe so are you Mr. Smith?
HondaLuvr January 11, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Lisa B, and Mr Smith... he is a registered sex offender.. sexual assault 2nd degree of a mino
michael a smith January 11, 2013 at 07:39 PM
"may" is the word, i am responding to a previous comment, i don't care about you ms martinez. no i am not a sex offender, i am judging no one, nor do i care about mr lareau or mr kelliher
Debbie Martinez January 11, 2013 at 07:45 PM
oooh touchy, WOW there sure are alot of Michael Smith's on the sex offender list as well as on the CT Judical website....... makes you think and if you dont care WHY ARE YOU POSTING AND MAKING COMMENTS ON AN ARTICLE ABOUT THEM?
HondaLuvr January 11, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Anonymous I completely agree, we are on the same page. Well spoken
Debbie Martinez January 11, 2013 at 07:53 PM
THIS ARTICLE SHOULD BE TO LEAVE: concern, thoughts, and prayers should be the topic and comments being sent to these guys and their families. Save your laws and politics for another thread!!! Bob & Ryan my thoughts and prayers are with both of you and your families!!!!
Vinny January 11, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Ms. Martinez, where there is smoke there is fire! They just did not target this guy. There had to be a reason. Read between the lines. This was not random act of violence.
Ted Glanzer (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Hello, I deleted one comment and request that we not get too far afield with the conversation going forward. Please be respectful. Thank you. tdg
Lisa B January 11, 2013 at 08:48 PM
I am not condoning what happened to them - no matter what a person may do, they do not deserve to be beaten. I was merely commenting on a previous post about background. And I was in the auto business and can tell you first hand that a criminal complaint in court is not just a paperwork error - it takes several valid complaints to DMV to originate that. I do not think, even if there is another side to this story, that anyone should be harmed physically, so please do not assume that. No matter what, as a strong Christian, I do hope that both of these men recover from this attack. Violence is NEVER the answer to any problem, and I would hope that more people will do the right thing and stop being violence.
Debbie Martinez January 11, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Lisa perfectly said
Annoymous January 11, 2013 at 09:05 PM
i would like to know why my comment was deleted everything was truthful and to the point
Vinny January 11, 2013 at 09:10 PM
it's inflammatory and the descretion of the the editor. that what will be said
HondaLuvr January 11, 2013 at 09:10 PM
I thinl they dont want the negativity towards Rob. Although it would be nice for the public to know why it most likely happened, being karma. vs sobbing over poor Rob. Ryan, i think he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.... Just because the truth is out there doesnt mean people arent praying for Rob, we all hope for a Full Recovery and hope he will change his ways
Ted Glanzer (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 09:12 PM
For information on comments, please see the terms of use here: http://southwindsor.patch.com/terms. Furthermore, the comment section is not for unfounded accusations. If you have additional information that you would like to share with me privately, I can be reached at ted.glanzer@patch.com. Thank you. tdg
Greeneyedbandit January 11, 2013 at 10:13 PM
hey josh any reason why someone with a military background would beat your friend over the head with a pipe?
Vinny January 11, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Hey Joshua, please tell me you did not go to South Windsor's Public School System.
Ted Glanzer (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Hello, I deleted a comment because it contained a profanity. If we can't adhere to the terms of use, I will shut down the comment section. Thank you for your continued participation and support of Patch. tdg
Vinny January 11, 2013 at 10:54 PM
I guess people can't express themselves without using profanities.
Ted Glanzer (Editor) January 12, 2013 at 12:01 AM
I just deleted a comment because it identified a potential victim of a sexual assault. tdg
Debbie Martinez January 12, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Have you held the hand of someone with a tragic brain injury? Just hoping and praying they wake? Yes someone with a past that was not favorable, and at the same time I was doing everything I could to keep a family member out of jail, as he was charged with being the cause of this accident! It is tragic, a phone call changes the life of everyone involved....then the media, cops, and small town gossip, family history on top of just trying to figure out how the hell things got this way. All the families and friends involved here, victim or otherwise are living in a daze, and trying to find out where things go from here. Karma is not just physical.....when negative thoughts, and pointing out someone's past......as if that means they deserve to have this sort of thing happen.......comes back too that is also karma! I do have a question how is it that you were so close bob & josh and they are so horrible and your not? You will put them on blast but won't even sign your name?
Annoymous January 12, 2013 at 12:27 AM
I no longer associate myself with these people for these very reasons. No need to put my name because I do not want to be associated with their actions
Debbie Martinez January 12, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Oh so you can say, "now that you know better you do better" but they can't! I see! One of those people. Well wish you luck with the new you, now kick rocks......see ya on the other side. Maybe I'll hold the door for ya! Jeff you know no one knows that right? B keep it safe!
Sue January 12, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Debbie M. thank you for your comment. My daughter dated Bob last summer. he was always kind and respecful. To those of you that have never made a mistake and are so judgemental, " karma will get you". Your nasty unfeeling people.


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